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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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Servings: 24
Categories: Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

1/2  c  Butter or margarine,
    -softened (1 stick)
2/3  c  Sugar
1    Egg, separated
2  tb  Milk
1  t  Vanilla extract
1  c  All-purpose flour
1/3  c  HERSHEY'S cocoa
1/4  ts  Salt
1  c  Chopped nuts
26    HERSHEY'S KISSES chocolates,
    -HERSHEY'S HUGS chocolates,
    -pecan halves or candied
    -cherry halves
    -----VANILLA FILLING-----
1/2  c  Powdered sugar
1  tb  Softened butter or margarine
2  ts  Milk
1/4  ts  Vanilla extract

In small mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk and vanilla unti light and fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour or until firm enough to handle. Heat oven to 350'F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Shape dough into 1" balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Press thumb gently in center of each cookie. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, prepare VANILLA FILLING. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool 5 minutes. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon filling into each thumbprint. Gently press chocolate piece in center of each cookie. Cool completely. VANILLA FILLING: In small bowl, combine all ingredients; beat until smooth.

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